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10:15 AM ET, November 30, 2007

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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Updates Beacon  —  Facebook has just announced that they will be updating their Beacon system.  Stories will no longer be published "without a user proactively consenting."  According to Facebook here is how the Beacon changes work:
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Fred / A VC:
Facebook and The Privacy Backlash  —  For those of who don't know (ie you don't read techmeme, techcrunch, and their ilk), Facebook has been the subject of a mini privacy backlash over its 'beacon'.  Just yesterday Facebook made a move to attempt to alleviate some of the privacy concerns
Discussion: Leigh's Blitherings
Om Malik / GigaOM:
To Save Its Bacon, Facebook Weakens Beacon
Discussion: MarketingShift and Labnotes
BBC:   Protests force Facebook to change
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Official: Facebook Flips On Beacon
Discussion: The Constant Observer
Louise Story / Bits:   The Evolution of Facebook's Beacon
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Facebook Beacon update: No activities published without users proactively consenting
Discussion: Bits
Steve Goldberg / Official Google Reader Blog:
Attack of the interns: recommendations and drag-and-drop  —  One of the great things about Reader, and feed readers in general, is that they let you follow sites much more efficiently than you could just by visiting them directly.  This means that once you get into the flow of it …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Reader Gets Recommendations, Drag-and-Drop  —  Google has released two new features for its RSS reading product, Recommendations and Drag-and-Drop.  —  The Discovery recommendation feature suggests new sites a user may wish to read based on current subscriptions and (interestingly) browsing history.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Nabs $60 Million Investment from Li Ka-shing  —  While a lot of people were beginning to doubt Facebook's ability to raise more money after getting a lofty $15 billion valuation following a $240 million investment from Microsoft last month, it seems the stakes are not too high …
Eric / Blogger in Draft:
New feature: OpenID commenting  —  Blogger in Draft now lets you enable OpenID-based commenting, in your blogs' Settings |  Comments tab:  —  (OpenID comments work in both the Anyone and Registered Users modes)  —  This means that users of OpenID-enabled services — such as LiveJournal and WordPress …
Adam Kovacevich / Google:
Google Will Apply to Participate in FCC Spectrum Auction  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it will apply to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's upcoming auction of wireless spectrum in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band.  —  As part of the nationally mandated transition …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Between the Lines
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Oliver Rist / PC Magazine:
Leopard is the New Vista, and It's Pissing Me Off  —  Before Apple makes any more smug OS-related attacks on Microsoft, it ought to take a good look in the mirror.  —  I'm not sure what ticks me off more about Leoptard (I can't take credit for that nickname—some Brit coined it) …
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Gamespot Editor Fired Over Kane & Lynch Review?  [Rumor]  —  We've heard an unsettling rumor today from an anonymous tipster that longtime game reviewer Jeff Gerstmann from Gamespot has been let go.  That wouldn't necessarily be newsworthy, but the conditions under which he was allegedly dismissed were.
PR Newswire:
Motorola Names Greg Brown Chief Executive Officer, Succeeding Edward J. Zander Who Remains Chairman  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Greg Brown, 47, as Chief Executive Officer of Motorola, effective January 1, 2008.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
When Networks Collide  —  AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson this week said what I have been saying since last July — that Apple and AT&T would soon introduce an iPhone that works with AT&T's faster 3G wireless data network.  I said it because I had heard last summer that AT&T was already testing 3G iPhones …
comScore:
Online Consumer-Generated Reviews Have Significant Impact on Offline Purchase Behavior  —  Study Conducted by comScore and The Kelsey Group Reveals that  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced the results of a new study conducted with The Kelsey Group …
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
Hackers re-poison Google search results
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Anne Broache / ZDNet:
Net neutrality may not resolve Comcast vs. BitTorrent
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Associated Press:
Co-worker, not cell phone, was killer
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Why WiMax is cursed  —  Bad news keeps dogging the much-hyped standard …
Discussion: DSLreports
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Agence France Presse:
NEC develops first translation software on cellphone
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CNN:
Teen questioned in computer hacking probe
Nebojsa Novakovic / Inquirer:
Asus launches low-end Nova PC
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
The Register:
EU tunes in to DVB-H
Jay Meattle / Compete Blog:
Total Time Spent Online is Up 24.3%
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